Unitarian Universalist Association

Boston, MA

GatheredHereLogoRGB3In early 2009, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) – like many liberal religions – was challenged. Church membership was dwindling and finances were strained. Congregations and fellowships were operating independently, rather than resourcing and supporting one another. National administrative staff – providing programs and services designed to stimulate growth and enhance spiritual vitality – felt disconnected from “the people in the pews.”

Over a 15-month period of time, participants used simple,  straightforward, downloadable materials to conduct both full-length and “spot” versions of one-on-one interviews, as well as small group gatherings called “Community Conversations.”  One-on-one interviews took place in person and via phone and video calls. An online “matching” site enabled people to find interview partners. Community Conversations were convened in intact congregations as well as at district gatherings, camps and conferences. In addition, because of the project’s stated goal of actively involving people whose voices were not often heard, a small group of facilitators created and implemented a virtual Community Conversation process. Among the communities successfully reached were geographically dispersed people of color, people with disabilities, and young adults.  Insights about the Association’s “positive core” were assembled in a report which was presented to the Board of Trustees, and also made available for grassroots reflections sessions through a dedicated web page.  The stories, which continue to be referred to and quoted by Board members and others, have been described as having “long term implications” for the faith.

As reported by both participants and Association leaders, Gathered Here:

  • Provided participants with a sense of common purpose
  • Helped shape the everyday work of the staff
  • Strengthened relationships between various UU bodies and congregations
  • Informed changes in areas such as worship, governance, evaluation and communication within participating congregations
  • Planted the seeds for an ongoing initiative dubbed “Congregations and Beyond,” whose purpose is to create a more inclusive, engaging and effective movement that will attract people who are spiritually aligned – but unaffiliated with a UU congregation or community

Rocky Mountain Center Clients


Ameriquest Data Services
Colorado Permanente Group, Kaiser Healthcare
Coors Brewing Company
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Hewlett-Packard Integrated Products Group
Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Division
Molson Coors Brewing Company
Piñon Management (now Vivage)
Sutter Health Care
The Timken Company
WOW! Internet•Cable•Phone



Boulder County Aging Services
City of Boulder
City and County of Denver
City of Longmont
Denver International Airport
Fort Collins Downtown Development Association
Larimer County, CO
Maricopa Association of Governments
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
National Security Administration
Pierce County (Washington)
Town of Buckeye
US Department of Agriculture


Adoption Exchange Association
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (“ASPA”)
Cameron United Methodist Church
Denver Foundation
Eastern Region of Food Banks
First Plymouth Congregational Church
National Endowment for Financial Education
Nurse Family Partnership
Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange
Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center
Santa Maria High School
Unitarian Universalist Assocation
United Religions Initiative

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